Makhana, or Popped H2O lily Seeds, have been eaten on a Indian subcontinent as a healthful break for thousands of years. Now, interjection to businessman and break enthusiast Priyal Bhartia, co-founder and COO of Bohana, these tiny pearls of healthy, sustainable goodness have strike a market. And frankly, all we wish is more.
A tiny credentials information: a H2O lily is an heirloom plant that sheds a seeds once a year. The tiny pea-sized kernels are collected for cultivation, and expand to a distance of vast blueberries when puffed underneath high pressure, revealing a snowy-white interior simply speckled with its former seed coat. The result, as we can seemingly see, is a demeanour that screams “I’m really crunchy!”
The season and hardness of the popped seeds themselves are suggestive of extra-fluffy popcorn or puffed barley (“like delicious Kix,” another editor suggested) with a pointed note of worldly white pepper. The break is satisfying, each 110-calorie portion provides three grams of protein and during no indicate are we subjected to synthetic flavors, colors or additives. Popped lotus seeds could simply be the new, non-GMO, totally sustainable TV-binging snack we never knew we were missing. The Soulful Spice — red pepper, garlic and paprika — was a apparent leader among a 3 flavors for a pleasant creeping heat, though both a Himalayan Salt and Wild White Cheddar varieties were immediately devoured as well.
We spoke with Bhartia for a low-down on this popular, inexpensive and all-around illusory break from her childhood, accessible on Amazon for fans of a crunchy and salty.
Are H2O lilies and lotuses a same thing?
The H2O lily and lotus are apart plants, though are confused for any other since of their likeness in a approach they demeanour and where they are grown. Even in India, people upset them due to a blunder in interpretation of a plant’s name from Hindi to English. There are several brands in India and in a US that still poorly report a product as ‘lotus seeds.’
How do we source your H2O lily seeds?
We source them seeds from farms in Bihar, India. We have a differentiated indication wherein we source directly from a farmers, slicing out a middle-men. We are directly concerned in all aspects of sourcing that allows us to safeguard satisfactory wages, a tolerable and reliable supply sequence and sourcing of a highest-quality seeds.
Are H2O lily seeds sustainable?
The cultivation of Lily Seeds doesn’t destroy a eco-system — a whole cycle is sustainable, anniversary and naturally occurring.
What’s a blasting routine like?
The seeds are puffed mechanically by a machine that can be divided into dual parts, a roasting unit, and the popping unit. The roasting section is radically a thermal heating complement with a circuit resource to pass a roasted seed towards a outlet. The popping section hosts an impeller that breaks down a tough bombard by requesting pressure, creation a roasted seed pop.
How are they eaten in India?
In India, a seeds are eaten especially in their popped form as a snack. Families buy a popped seeds from a marketplace and fry them on a stove-top with ghee, salt, and Indian spices. Increasingly now, there are many ready-to-eat flavored versions that have been introduced in a market.
What are some ways, besides snacking on them, to use them in cuisine?
The popped seeds can be eaten in several other ways, by harsh a popped seed into flour and regulating it as an part in bread, porridge and desserts. The popped seed can also be used in curries as a vegetable.